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Playing With Fire

(Phoenix Fire #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,528 ratings  ·  193 reviews
An Old Flame

Cassie Armstrong has plenty to atone for. The daughter of the most immoral researcher ever to pick up a scalpel, she's determined to use her own brilliance in genetics to repair the damage her family has done to the paranormals. Especially Dante, the first of the phoenixes, the one they call the Immortal. He's been haunting her dreams since she was a little gir
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Brava
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
Playing with Fire, the 3rd and last book in the Phoenix Fire Series, was a great wrap up for a awesome series. I really liked both Cassie and Dante. They had great chemistry together. I loved the forgotten lover plot. I ached for Cassie. I hurt for her when Dante didn't remember her. I loved getting to catch up with Cain and Eve. I would have liked to have seen a little of the couple from book 2. I thought the epilogue was sweet. I will say that I felt like this series wasn't really done. I know ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Obsession. That's the word that sticks out to me about this book. Dante is obsessed with Cassandra even when he doesn't remember her. He's a Phoenix and when he dies, he loses his memory but never the pull to her. He'll follow her to the ends of the earth.

Cassie is trying so hard to right the wrongs of her father. There has to be a cure for what he did to his victims and she will do anything to help them. She thinks Dante is the key but every time he dies, he loses his memory of her. She's been

Wow, fantastic read. I don't normally read paranormal books, I only have a few authors that draw me into the paranormal world. Well, Ms. Eden is one of those authors

This was a wonderful read. The characters, main and secondary, where excellent! Your are drawn in right away and are right there living, feeling and experiencing every adventure they are. I love those kind of books. This has it all; romance, steam, sexual tension, action, suspence and a twist I didn't see coming towards th
Claire Robinson
4 - "Learn all my secrets." … "I offer them to you." Stars.

I am sad that we have reached the end of the Phoenix Fire Series. I have loved reading each and every one of these books, and Cynthia Eden is one of my absolute favorite authors, for books in this genre. I don’t think it is actually possible for her to write a bad book, no matter the subject.

"Maybe there are some things you’d rather not remember. There are sure things I’d prefer to forget."

Dante and Cassie first popped up in the second b
4 stars.
My very first read by Cynthia Eden and she sure packed a lot of action into this book. Such a wide variety of paranormal characters: phoenix shifters, a wolf shifter, vampires, a half-dragon shifter and genetically modified humans.
A lot to take in to be honest but I think that was mainly because I am starting with book three instead of the first one in this series and that was because I received a complimentary copy of this book from netgalley.
I actually thought this was a new story bu
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
It always nice to read something with a completely new twist to it. I loved reading about Phoenix shifters and how the author introduces them, with their unique abilities and their backstory, it was out of the ordinary and unique. Playing with Fire is action packed and fast paced. With a crazed villain and a complicated past, our MCs have an angsty road full of unexpected detours. I definitely fell for Cassie and Dante and the ending was worth it all :)

Cassie was a great heroine and I loved her,
Marta Cox
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews

This is the third book in the Phoenix Fire series and just builds on all the previous books . Fans of this author will be delighted to read about these characters who have entertained and thrilled readers since Ms Eden first introduced them. A fabulous plot featuring distinctly creepy government types willing to turn a blind eye to cruel experimentation in order to obtain super soldiers . Paranormals held prisoner for years, tortured and even murdered in order to obtain genetic materials that ca
Lynsey A
Loved, loved, loved this book! This is my fave of the series and probably the best of the series. It will tear at your heart strings. I really don't want to give too much away but the heroine loves the hero throughout the whole book and it leads to some angsty moments. I definitely recommend reading the two books before it, well the previous one, as there is a scene with Dante and Cassie in it.

I read another book with the exact same cover, LOL and it was nowhere near as good as this one. Defini
◊♦ Naomi
Once again, Cynthia did it. She wrote another great book, another big yes from me! You all know I love Cynthia like crazy, I fall in love with all her books and Playing With Fire was no different. This book can be read as a standalone but I would advice you to read the first two books first, you’ll understand Playing With Fire better as well as my review.

Dante is a very powerful and old phoenix, Cassie is a pretty “normal” human, a doctor. She met him when she was eight year old and he was a pri
Jessica Frances
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Playing With Fire is the final book in Phoenix Fire series. I have loved this series from the start and I enjoyed Cassie and Dante’s story. Theirs was rather tragic given Cassie had loved Dante since she was a little girl, and his memory was continually wiped of her whenever he was killed and forced to rise again. He is considered the oldest phoenix and his time on this world has warped his mind and left him with hatred and mistrust. The action in this was fantastic and there was definitely not ...more
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Stars: Overall 4 Narration 2 Story 5

The third book in this action-packed paranormal story brings us more action, romance and a touch of redemption. Starting with Cassie, daughter of the evil scientist that has been experimenting on and torturing paranormals for years. Cassie knows what is going on, doesn’t agree with it, and wants desperately to make up for it. Perhaps it’s the nightly dream visits she gets from Dante, the first Phoenix captured and imprisoned. While she’s tryin
Miss Rail
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Dante is a Phoenix, so old and powerful he's known as “the immortal”.
He was captured and tortured by the men of project “Genesis” for years, until a little girl changes his life.

Cassie Armstrong, daughter of the lead scientist of the project and brilliant doctor herself, has been part of “Genesis” from an early age.

The first time Cassie meets Dante, she's a 8 years old girl trying her best to help him even if she's just been traumatized by her father's experiments on her.

She grows up hating “G
Laura the Highland Hussy
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Got Fiction? book blog

Book 3 in Cynthia Eden’s Phoenix Fire trilogy picks up right whereOnce Bitten, Twice Burned left off. Cassie, sister of Dr. Wyatt, is trying to make it right. She just knows there’s a cure for the primal vampires her father created, she just needs to get phoenix tears. She is clinging to this desperate hope, feeling that if she can fix this, she can help reverse at least some of the damage, both literally and on the cosmic scale.

This is where Dante comes in
5 amazing stars!!

This book was great and I really enjoyed this read!

I just fell in love with Dante.He was hot, possessive and protective.

He and Cassie,indeed great couple,both loyal,loving and protective.

I loved the action and steamy scenes!

I truly loved Cynthia Eden's writing style!!

LOVED this book!!!

Suzanne (Lily)
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

Enjoyed the story even though there were moments where my eyes rolled with the convenient solutions that popped up!

First time reading a Cynthia Eden book as well encountering a phoenix shifter!

Playing with Fire was my first Cynthia Eden book and not having read any other books in the series, I found the story easy to follow. It encompasses humans and paranormal beings brought together by Cassie’s quest to undo the damage her father had created.

There’s more to Cassie than even she is awa
Paranormal Kiss
Playing with Fire by Cynthia Eden is the 3rd book in her Phoenix series. This one focuses on Dante, a Phoenix shifter, and Cassie, a genetic scientist and sister to, Wyatt, the bad guy from the first book. I’ve read the previous books in the series and this one is my least favorite of the three. I still liked it, just not as much as the other two. My main issue is that I just wasn’t a big fan of the hero, Dante. He was so callous most of the time that I had a hard time liking him. He’s lived for ...more
4.5 rounds up to 5 stars

In the nutshell.
This book is freaking pretty awesome with action pack on almost every chapter!

It was the happiest moment in my life when the day my request to have this e-ARC approved. Cynthia Eden is one of my favourite authors and Phoenix Fire is one of her series that I love(d). This time and as always for once again, I'm impressed! With Playing With Fire. In fact, it's the best book so far in the series.

The main characters. Both of them are damaged. What more could I
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
I do love Cynthia Eden. She is a MUST READ author. If you aren't reading her books... Get on it ASAP!

That said, I haven't really made up my mind about this particular book. Some things drove me crazy. BUT!! It was action packed and the characters weren't all loveable. It took time to get there. Dante not remembering Cassie, and she loved him so much. People are after them & it's a constant reckoning of Cassie's past (family)...

The craziness that bothered me was the simple convenience of reso
I can't get a handle on this series because while it's non stop action and typically the ideal PNR romance, there are bumps in the storyline and characterization that annoy me. For one, Cassie. She's save the entire world Superwoman trying to atone for her brother and father's sins. She doesn't care if you're trying to murder her, "she wants to help you". She also picks multiple people over her love interest which is another strike. Dante, the flaming hot (literally) hero who loves Cassie and wo ...more
Sandy S
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date: August 2014

Paper Release: May 29, 2018

An Old Flame

Cassie Armstrong has plenty to atone for. The daughter of the most immoral researcher ever to pick up a scalpel, she's determined to use her own brilliance in genetics to repair the damage her family has done to the paranormals. Especially Dante, the first of the phoenixes, the one they call the Immortal. He's been haunting her dreams since she was a little girl, and she's been trying to ease his pain fo
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

So I haven’t read the first or second book in the series. I did feel I was missing a little bit of the background story, but I still enjoyed the book. The story seemed a little ridiculous in places but it was still interesting enough to keep going and reading.

I think I will go back and start at the beginning and see if that fills in a little of the details.

Overall I did enjoy it and I really liked the relationship between Cas
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cassie Armstrong is the daughter of the most immoral researcher ever to use a scalpel. She is determined to use her intelligence and abilities to undo everything her father did to the paranormals, especially when she meets Dante. At first he doesn't trust her, but all he knows is that she's his. She ends up saving him and gets him out of her father's crutches and they work together to try and bring him down.

Like all other Cynthia Eden books, this is a must read. The entire series is awesome and
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This book centers around Cassie and Dante. Cassie is trying to atone for her father's sins. He has done horrible experiments on supernatural beings while holding them captive.

Dante is "the immortal", the oldest Phoenix that anyone knows about. He has been a captive of Cassie's father and died and rose from the ashes more times than he can count. However, every time he dies and comes back he is dangerous and usually confused.
Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

Author Cynthia Eden is one of those authors who could write the back of soup cans and I would read it! She is one of those talents that just seems to grow and grow. In general I love her suspense books but her PNR work is equally powerful.

Playing with Fire is one of those great PNR books. It's Book Three in her Phoenix Fire Series (yes it's about Phoenixes). Telling us what it's like when they die and rise from the ashes. How they don't always come back comp
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. Playing with Fire is the 3rd Book in Cynthia Eden's Phoenix Fire Series. Although I believe it could be read as a stand alone it might be more enjoyable if you have all the previous history from the first two books. Although the author does a great job of giving you the information you need from the previous books with out bogging you down in details. I enjoyed this book and it might even be my favorite of the three.

The sins of the father… that is what Cassie is trying so desperately
Jessie Potts
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Why you should read it: This is an extremely hard and well-written paranormal series full of grit and spice. Playing With Fire follows through, and I find myself loving each book more and more. Cassie's father is an actual mad scientist, and Dante is a Phoenix who was captured by him. Long story short: Like a true Phoenix, he resurrects, but he doesn't always remember Cassie when he does (she always tried to help him escape). Dante can come across as cold and cruel at times, but I feel like afte ...more
Lindy at BookBlinders
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whenever I pick up a Cynthia Eden book I know two things for sure... I'm going to get a great story with some meat to it, and it's going to have the kind of characters you just don't want to let go of.
This book is absolutely no exception.
It is the third book in a series and while you can read it as a stand alone I would urge readers to pick up the other two and read them first. There is a continued plot line throughout the series that you don't want to miss and previous characters are a large pa
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2015-books, nook
PLAYING WITH FIRE was really good. I liked Dante and Cassie from the start.

They had such a difficult journey to take and I really felt bad for Cassie having to accept that Dante doesn’t remember when he rises. It certainly took a toll on her because of her deep love for him.

Dante had a pretty thick wall up. Being one of the oldest Phoenixes, he’s had time to block his emotions. Although he knows that Cassie is HIS, he has a hard time letting her see it.

Meanwhile, Cassie is still struggling to
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
The last in a trilogy about Phoenix dragon shifters, the paranormals with the superpower to die, burn and rise again from the ashes.

In this story, government experiments gone awry, a brilliant beautiful scientist with her own hidden powers, and the oldest Phoenix Dante (inferno, get it?) are chased by a mad man who wants to rule the world.

Cain and Eve from the first book make an appearance, disproving that all Phoenix dragon shifters must kill each other. And we learn about another paranormal
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This was my least favorite out of all three books in the series so far, and I found it hard to like Dante based on how callous and cruel he could be. Also, for someone so powerful, I was disappointed at how often he died. Cassie was likeable and while I wanted her to have her HEA, her continuous willingness to refuse to hurt those who were trying to kill her got a little tiresome. I was happy with the way the book ended, neatly tying things up for Cassie, Dante and Jamie, while still leaving the ...more
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Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes sexy tales of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over one hundred novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocol

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